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Manufacturing

Protectionism of the Past vs. Protectionism of the Future

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Most of the benefits of protectionism center on winning tomorrow's industries and keeping today's from falling into trouble, not on rescuing industries already dying.

If Gary Locke Goes To China...

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

Secretary Locke -- our next ambassador to China if confirmed by the Senate -- will need to clean up a mess decades in the making.

Manufacturing Leads the Recovery

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Our government can support a manufacturing surge by reducing the excessive costs borne by U.S. manufacturers and paving the way for more exports.

U.S. Manufacturing 'Red Hot'? Dream On

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Forget raw-materials exports saving us. That idea drowns in the ocean of foreign crude oil we suck in every year--which causes us to run a deficit, not a surplus, in this sector.

William Alden

Manufacturing Strongest Since 2004, But Challenges Remain

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a sign that the economy continues to recover, albeit unevenly, manufacturing just finished up another strong month. New orders and production rose...

Will ABC News' Made in America Series Avoid Their Boss, Disney?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

It's too easy to blame U.S. consumers for buying cheap stuff from China or Bangladesh or Honduras. Will ABC News investigate the products sold by Disney?

Yepoka Yeebo

Willful Ignorance: How Apple And Other Electronics Giants Gain the Benefits of Chinese Labor

HuffingtonPost.com | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Apple again finds itself under scrutiny about the treatment of workers in foreign factories, following disclosures that laborers at a Chinese plant pr...

The Cloud on the Horizon

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a grave fiscal cloud gathering on the horizon. Like most economists who do not have their heads in the sand, I have for many years warned of a pending fiscal crisis driven by excessive debt and unrealistic government commitments.

American Manufacturing Slowly Rotting Away: How Industries Die

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Losing positions in key technologies means that whatever brilliant innovations Americans may dream up, large-scale commercialization of those innovations will increasingly take place abroad.

The Korea Trade Deal Is Lose-Lose

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

The bottom line for the U.S.-South Korea FTA is that some large U.S., Korean and Chinese multinational firms could gain at the expense of the majority of people in both countries.

The Myths of Offshoring - The Imperative of Manufacturing

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

No economy as large and complex as ours can prosper with less than 20-25% of its workers being in manufacturing and without the sector contributing a like percentage of GDP.

How The Decline Of Manufacturing Could Drain Innovation

nytimes.com | LOUIS UCHITELLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Losing an industry or ceasing to manufacture a particular product, in this case stainless steel flatware, has indeed become a fairly frequent event. J...

Yes, American Manufacturing Really Is in Trouble

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Critics ask how American manufacturing can possibly be in decline when US manufacturing output is at an all-time high. This sounds like a reasonable objection, but it's not.

Why The Midwest Is Becoming The Next Silicon Valley

Ray Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ray Leach

There are several states in the Midwest where successful entrepreneurial companies are charting the way for a new economy and demonstrating that high-growth entrepreneurship can happen anywhere when a region plays off its strengths.

Jobs Crisis in Real World... Just Not in D.C.

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Anyone in the real world outside of Washington or Wall Street reading about "thousands" of job openings going unfilled knows something is fishy.

Lila Shapiro

U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Fastest Rate In 7 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

American manufacturing continued its rapid growth last month, according to a new report released Tuesday, suggesting a broader economic recovery could...

Manufacturing in Decline; Establishment in Denial

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The use of bad arguments to defend a position is a fairly strong telltale that the position cannot be defended with good arguments. This seems to be the case with the Korea FTA. NAM must think the public is fairly dumb to fall for its claims.

Manufacturing Jobs Key to Winning the Future

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Those of us in the freshman class elected to Congress in November arrived with a specific objective -- getting our economy moving again. Thankfully, we're not starting from scratch.

President Obama is Right: We Need to Create American Jobs Now

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

With his State of the Union address, President Obama delivered an important message that Congress and the American people need to hear: our nation'...

No More Ritalin and Reality TV for Our ADD Nation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

American's short attention span hops from critical issues to trivialities with the delicate ease of an Olympic gymnast. Our tendency to be drawn into...

State Of The Union -- Infrastructure And Jobs: Two Problems, One Solution

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The way to get out of the debt is to invest in the human capital of the American people and grow out of the debt. The president took us in the right direction tonight, and should be thanked and congratulated.

What to Wear to the State of the Union

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rosalyn Hoffman

As members of Congress are hustling to line up dates from the opposite party for tonight's State of the Union speech, we've been considering what advice to give them on color coordination.

State of the Union? Too Many Jobs Moving to China

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

As President Obama prepares his State of the Union message, he faces the problem of U. S. manufacturing jobs moving to China. Friendly handshakes with President Hu will not change that.

How To Add New Jobs? Ask China

washingtonpost.com | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ELGIN, ILL. - Ni Pin believes in the United States. He's lived here for almost 20 years. His three children were born here. And, unlike many Americans...

When You Close the Factory We Can't Make a Living

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Next week, the President delivers his State of the Union speech. This is an opportunity to announce that we are going to do unto China as China is doing unto us. Enough!